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Home arrow Blog arrow HOT DOGS CAUSE CANCER
Goh YI, Bollano E, Einarson TR, Koren G. Prenatal multivitamin supplementation and rates of pediatric cancers: a meta-analysis. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2007 May;81(5):685-91. Epub 2007 Feb 21.
Peters JM, Preston-Martin S, London SJ, Bowman JD, Buckley JD, Thomas DC. Processed meats and risk of childhood leukemia. Cancer Causes Control. 1994 Mar; 5(2):195-202.)
Sarasua S, Savitz DA. Cured and broiled meat consumption in relation to childhood cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 1994 Mar; 5(2):141-8.) has published this great article on cancer occurrence related to food consumption. This connection is nothing new. It is very rare for any of my patients to be eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Yet "we all know" that has a major health effect. But 81-85% of Americans with cancer don't consume 5 a day either. It would seem a no brainer that better nutrition=less cancer. But I think people get carried away by claims of how well we are now treating cancer and they think that the drug/cut/irradiate approach is all they need to do.

Prevention by way of nutrition for pregnant women can also have a powerful effect. Prenatal vitamins lowered children's leukemia risk by 39 percent. Risk of neuroblastoma (common brain cancer) was cut in half. Vitamin supplements reduced the chance of a brain tumor by 27%. It is obvious that prenatal vitamin supplements are very important cancer fighters.

The facts about hot dogs really stand out to me. Children who eat hot dogs once a week actually double their risk of a brain tumor. Kids eating more than twelve hot dogs a month have nearly 10x the risk of leukemia as children who eat none. We've known these results for years but I don't know of any pediatric oncologist who's told their patients not to eat hot dogs.

The culprit in ham, hot dogs, and other cured or processed meats is nitrates and nitrites. These unnecessary additives go on to form nitrosamines in the body when they are heated. This is what causes the real damage. Here, something as basic as Vitamin C can prevent this deadly transformation


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